Peak Motion: How Bad Posture Affects The Body

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COULD YOUR POSTURE BE THE REASON FOR YOUR ACHES & PAINS? August, 2019 INSIDE: • 4 Simple Ways To Correct Poor Posture • FREE Screening • Patient Success Spotlight • Healthy Recipe

Do you suffer from daily or recurrent aches and pains? If so, your posture may be the culprit. Just think about the number of hours a day we spend staring at a computer screen, hunched over our desks, orstaringatourphones.Thatcreatesa lotofstresson theneckandback,especially ifyouareslouched, titled forward,or lookingdown forprolongedperiodsof time. How does poor posture affect me? Changes to your posture can negatively affect your body, and you may find yourself experiencing some of the following symptoms: • If your posture contains a forward head tilt– This forward-head posture creates a strain on the neck, which can result in neck pain, shoulder pain, arm pain, chronic headaches, and lower back pain.Tilting your head forward for long periods of time shortens the muscles in the back of the neck, and can result in soreness throughout multiple parts of your body. • If your posture contains slouching of the mid-back – If you slouch the middle of your back, you can drive yourheadforwardandalter thewayyourribsnaturally align. By doing this, you may experience pain in the slouched region of the mid-back, in addition to pain in theneck. If this isyouraveragestandingposture, it is important to seek physical therapy treatment right

away–over time,standing like thisdayafterdaymay cause internal issues, as it creates pressure on your lungs, heart, and digestive system. • If your posture includes sitting for long periods of time – When you sit for prolonged periods of time, the muscles in your hips and legs will stiffen. When thesemusclesbecomestiff, they tightenandwillpull on the lower back, causing pain. The joints also lose their range of motion, which can cause soreness or achiness in the hips, legs, and back, and can create issues with your gait. The way in which you walk can also have an effect on your posture. When you have improper posture, your centerofgravitychanges.Thiscancauseyourbalance to decline, which can cause pain when walking, thus creatingaviciouscycleofovercompensationandpain. The most common symptom of poor posture is lower back pain, although pain can be present in other parts of the body, as well. The back muscles constantly contract tokeepyouupright,and theyovercompensate when you slouch or hunch over. Over a period of time, constant poor posture can create an unusual amount ofwearand tearon the lowerback,whichcan increase the risk of arthritis in the spine. Experience pain relief from poor posture by contacting us today!

Patient Success SPOTLIGHT

Did an excellent job helping me to rebuild strength! "I fell walking my dog and fractured my ankle. I was so afraid I would have ankle problems for the rest of my life. The team at Peak Motion did an excellent job helping me to rebuild strength, stability, and motion. Thank you so much! My dog thanks you too!” - Andrea L.

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